Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals adjusted minor league games on Tuesday, March 18. Before heavy rains hit the area in the early morning hours, Memphis and Springfield were planning to play the Mets at Port St. Lucie and New York’s two Class-A clubs were heading to Jupiter.
Instead, due to concerns over grounds conditions, both organizations decided to stay home. The Cardinals adjusted to have the two upper level and two lower level clubs face each other – at least defensively. In a twist to maximize competition, each team’s hitters faced its own pitchers, so Memphis pitching opposed the Memphis lineup, etc.
This spring, Cardinals baseball operations assistant Tony Ferreira is sharing highlights from minor league spring training contests. As always, the raw data is his, but the comments and awards are mine. Unfortunately, while all pitchers are accounted for, only top hitters’ data is shared.
When players are members of The Cardinal Nation Top 40 for 2014, their rankings are noted (TCN).
Tuesday’s hitter of the day: Ronald Castillo was drawing raves in camp even before his two home-run performance Tuesday. To be honest, I saw only one of them, but it was hit on a rope.
Tuesday’s pitcher of the day: If Eric Fornataro was unhappy about being sent down from St. Louis, he took it out on the Memphis hitters with a 1-2-3 inning. The right-hander’s fastball was in the 94-96 mph range.
The Cardinal Nation subscribers can check out my in-depth report of Tuesday’s action, directly from Jupiter. This includes information not reported elsewhere including batting orders, scheduled pitch counts, pitcher velocity readings and even Oscar Taveras‘ results!
The entire system view by level and position as last season ended is available via the Roster Matrix, free, right here at The Cardinal Nation Blog.
Springfield (4-0) 6, Memphis (2-1-1) 4
|Memphis pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Memphis hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Boone Whiting||#30||3||4||1||1||3||Lives on high fastball||Patrick Wisdom||3B||#15||3||1||1||1||Double was a shot into LF corner|
|Heath Wyatt||2||1||Jonathan Rodriguez||1B||3||1||2||1||Robbed by S Rodriguez from 3-for-3 day|
|Logan Billbrough||1||2||88-89 mph||Greg Miclat||SS||3||1||1||1||Rule 5 addition|
|Dean Kiekhefer||1||Very low K & BB rate in 2013||Matt Williams||2B||3||1||1||1||One-hopper off LF fence vs. Whiting|
|Eric Fornataro||#39||1||94-96 mph gas|
|Lee Stoppelman||#18||1||2||1||1||Just down from MLB camp|
|Springfield pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Springfield hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Kurt Heyer||3||4||2||3||5||Many swings, some misses||Breyvic Valera||DH||#31||4||1||2||Not much power, but can hit|
|Tyler Melling||2||2||1||Nick Longmire||LF||4||1||1||2||1||2-run shot to LF off Baker slider|
|Corey Baker||1||3||2||1||One big mistake to Longmire||Colin Walsh||2B||2||1||1||1||2||Could be poised for a strong year|
|Iden Nazario||1||1||1||1||Yielded HR to S Rodriguez||Alex Mejia||3B||3||1||2||1||1||Triple to LC, Note D assignment|
|Dixon Llorens||1||3||Strike zone troubles|
|Joe Donofrio||1||Deceptive 3/4 delivery|
Palm Beach (2-2) 4, Peoria (2-3) 0
|Palm Beach pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Palm Beach hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Rob Kaminsky||#5||3||1||4||1||Very deliberate on mound||Ronald Castillo||LF||4||2||3||2||2||1||Was getting good reviews before today|
|Arturo Reyes||2||1||2||Quietly getting good marks||Justin Ringo||1B||3||1||2|
|Josh Lucas||1||1||1||Just 4.9 K / 9 IP last season||Nick Martini||RF||4||2||1||1||Triple was hit hard to RC gap|
|Brandon Lee||1||1||NDFA from So Car Upstate|
|Steven Gallardo||1||1||91-92 mph|
|Nick Lomascolo||1||2||12.5 K / 9 IP at Johnson City|
|Peoria pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Peoria hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Jimmy Reed||3||2||1||1||HR to Castillo, also pickoff||Oscar Mercado||SS||#22||4||2||1||Tall and lean, nice swing|
|Michael Holback||2||1||1||2||12 K / 9 IP at Johnson City|
|Jeff Rauh||1||1||1||1||9.9 K / 9 IP w/State College|
|Jhonny Polanco||1||1||2||93-94 mph|
|Kyle Grana||1||1||2||1||4.1 K/BB ratio in 2013|
Wednesday’s games: The Cardinals will face off against the Marlins on the Miami side of the Jupiter complex on Wednesday. Generally, all five teams would be in action against the Marlins, but that may depend on pitching availability. Update: Only four games will be held, with Peoria 2 not playing.